Josef Craig MBE
Josef loved being in the pool from a very young age and was introduced to Swimming when he was nine years old. He made his Paralympic debut at London 2012.
- 100m Freestyle (S7)/50m Freestyle (S7)/400m Freestyle (S7)
- Home Town:
- South Shields
- Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
- South Tyneside SC
- Date Of Birth:
- 17th February 1997
- Games Attended:
- London 12
At his first Paralympic Games, Josef excelled in his favourite event, the 400m Freestyle (S7). After reducing his personal best by eight seconds to break the world record in the heats, he further improved his time by three seconds in the final, taking gold with a time of 4:42.81.
He took first place on the podium ahead of the defending Paralympic silver medallist as well as the reigning world and European champions.
"I knew if I did everything I could, I would be happy whatever happened in the final."Josef Craig
At the end of 2012, Josef was awarded the title of the BBC Young Sports Personality of Year for his achievements at the London Games.
In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Josef was awarded a MBE.
Josef has cerebral palsy.
- 2012 London Paralympic Games
50m Freestyle (S7): 7th
100m Freestyle (S7): 4th
400m Freestyle (S7): gold
- 2012 British Championships, London, UK
400m Freestyle (S7): 6th